As the film industry navigates the actor and writer strikes that have shut down most productions, one Wilmington studio marked an expansion milestone this week. Officials hope the project will position the area for more production work once deals are reached in the national labor dispute.

Busy shovels and flying dirt as well as dramatic film stunts regaled a large crowd Thursday afternoon at Dark Horse Studios’ groundbreaking event. The studio complex, opened in 2020, was taking the first step toward the addition of two soundstages at its 11.5-acre Harley Road campus.